90 percent of infrastructure in Catanduanes damaged- PNP

Published November 2, 2020, 1:50 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

More or less 90 percent of infrastructure in the province of Catanduanes was damaged in the first landfall of typhoon Rolly, which was then at the peak of its strength, and was classified as an extremely catastrophic tropical cyclone.


Police Lt. Gen. Cesar Hawthorne Binag, deputy chief for operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said the assessment was made based on the visual survey and report of all local police forces in the province.

“Right now, it was established that 90 percent of the infrastructure was damaged. But we continue to make the assessment,” said Binag.

Catanduanes was virtually isolated after the onslaught of Rolly since all communication and power lines were cut off. On Sunday, the national government was left blind on the situation in Catanduanes since ships and aircrafts could also not reach the province due to bad weather.

Power and communication lines were reportedly toppled by the strong winds, while houses and other infrastructure were also damaged by flooding.

Based on the latest data of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol, a total of 16 people were reported dead in Bicol region, six of them were from Catanduanes – four in Virac, one in Gigmoto town identified as Luis Ubalde Jr. and another one in San Miguel town.

The other fatalities were from Albay— three in Guinobatan town identified as Ligaya Olayta, Malou Sanchez Nota, and Samuel Manrique Jr.; two in Tabaco City identified as Alvin Lunas and Jonathan Conserte; two in Malinao town; and one each in the towns of Polangui, Oas and Daraga.

Three other people were reported missing in Guinobatan town.

A total of 96,887 families, or 372,381 persons, were displaced in Bicol, most of them staying in various evacuation centers.

Four of the six provinces of Bicol were also reported to have no power supply as of Monday due to the serious damage on power lines.